Children and teachers at Portland House Nursery have buried a time capsule to mark the 30th birthday of the Huddersfield-based nursery.

Youngsters helped bury the time capsule which will be dug up in another 30 years.

The capsule, buried in the gardens, contained a whole host of items that will give future generations a glimpse into what life is like in Huddersfield and at the nursery in 2021.

It includes artwork from the children, newspaper articles, toys, notes from parents, a letter from joint managing directors Anastasia and Michael Murphy and a whole host of other goodies.

The items were buried in a vacuum-sealed steel case to prevent corrosion and to ensure the preservation of the more perishable mementos.

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Portland House, based at the Bay Horse Roundabout in Lindley, is the original site in the Portland Nurseries Group which has three other settings across Huddersfield: Harlequin Nursery (Edgerton), Holly Bank Nursery (Birkby) and Oakwood House Nursery & Forest School (Edgerton).

The nurseries were established by qualified teachers Rosemary Murphy OBE and Michael Murphy in 1991 and set the standard for quality childcare in the area.

The time capsule 2021

Portland House has recorded many industry firsts and won many awards over the past three decades. It was the first – and still the only – local nursery to win three consecutive Outstanding ratings from Ofsted.

Portland House manager Julie Lister was recognised by winning the Outstanding Contribution for her 25 years of outstanding work for the Portland group at the prestigious Nursery World Awards in September 2021.

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Julie said: “The time capsule is a great way to capture and preserve this moment in time for the future generations. The children have worked hard creating and choosing pieces that will give children like them a glimpse into what it was like here at the nursery in another 30 years.”

Join MD Michael Murphy added: “We are delighted to be celebrating our 30th year at the nursery where it all started.

“The nursery has gone from strength to strength over the past three decades thanks to our wonderful staff, parents and, of course, the thousands of children we’ve had the privilege to care for.

“We continue to make great memories for families every day and we hope to be making many more well into the next three decades.”